Thursday, August 27, 2015
Develop an outline or format for your trivia game. There are endless options when designing your own trivia game. Common trivia games will have about four rounds with ten or so questions in each round. To decide how many rounds or questions you want your game to include, figure out how long you want the game to last. If you only have an hour to complete the whole game, you will want to structure it with less rounds or questions.
Establish rules for game play. Because trivia questions are typically open ended, it is important to specify the rules for acceptable answers ahead of time. For example, if the answer to a trivia question is a person's name, will just the last name be accepted or does the team need to know the full name? You should develop rules associated to the actual game play as well. These can include the time given to answer the questions, the types of technology not permitted, and how score is kept.
Select the questions. Before actually writing each question, you should decide whether you want your trivia game to be specific to one topic, such as sports or movies, or a compilation of many topics. In addition to writing the number of questions specified by your format, you should also set aside some tiebreaker and bonus questions.
Write instruction guidelines for each table or group. Even if you plan on announcing your game instructions and rules, it is always helpful to have some guidelines at each table during the game to serve as reminders for the players. For games with more rules and specifications for acceptable answers, the necessity and benefit of written guidelines is greater.
Collect your inventory. At minimum, most trivial games require a pen and paper for each table and something to keep time. Other common objects may include a bell or whistle to signal the end of the allotted answering time, a scoreboard, and prizes for the winners.
Invite your attendees and play. With the game rules established and the inventory assembled, all that is left is to play and have fun.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Obtain a hosting service to store your picture file on the Internet. If you have a website, you can usually host pictures on it. If not, sign up with a picture hosting service, such as Photobucket. Photobucket is free, user-friendly and provdes a lot of storage for your pictures.
Save your picture file as a 'jpg.' This is the most commonly-accepted picture file format.
Upload the picture to your website or the hosting service. This process varies from site to site, but there is usually a clear link or button to upload images.
Obtain the URL for the picture. You can get this by right-clicking on the picture and clicking on Properties. The URL will be listed. On hosting sites like Photobucket, the URL will often be given with the picture. Photobucket gives the HTML code along with the URL that you can copy and paste directly into the post on the discussion board.
Open a new post on the discussion board. If your hosting service gave you the HTML code with the URL, simply paste that into the post and that is all you need to do. If not, type [ I m g ] into the new post text box with no spaces between them, then the complete picture URL, including the 'http://,' and then [ / I m g ] with no spaces.
Finish your post and submit it. Your picture should appear. If a red 'x' or something similar shows up instead, make sure there are no spaces in the coding or picture URL and that you have the complete, correct URL.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Decide what type of baby contest you will be holding. Most baby contests are 'beautiful baby' contests, but other options include best smile, cutest personality and best sleeping picture. The contest can also be segregated into different ages and award prizes to boys and girls.
Reserve the space you will need for the baby contest. Spaces that are common to hold a baby contest include carnivals, local fairs, parks or schools.
Determine the entry fee of the contest, the photo sizes that will be accepted, what prizes will be awarded, how many prizes will be awarded and how many contestants you will accept. You will also need to choose a starting and ending time for the event.
Announce the event to the public through flyers, mailers and social media. If you are coordinating the event to coincide with another event, such as a local fair, then have the fair committee list the baby contest on the website or flyer for the fair. Make sure that the announcement lists the due date for photo entries.
Set up a booth on the day of the contest. Each photo will need to be attached to a bowl or container large enough to accommodate the photo and change to use for voting. Place numbers or names on the container so voters can identify the different babies.
Hang a sign on the front of the booth using tape or string. The sign should announce the baby contest, the times open for voting and the procedure to vote. The procedure to vote could be one cent equals one vote. For example, one penny would count as one vote for the baby, while a quarter would count as 25 votes for the baby.
Count the votes once the contest ends and announce the winner. If there is a stage available, call the winner on stage and award the baby or its mother or father the prize.